According to the American Psychiatric Association, addiction or substance use disorder is a complex condition in which someone uses a substance in an uncontrolled manner despite harmful consequences.
Individuals who suffer from addiction focus on using a particular substance (or multiple substances), such as illicit drugs, alcohol, or tobacco, to the point where their ability to function in day-to-day life becomes impaired.
People addicted to a substance continue to use the substance, even when they know it is causing problems.
Why Do People Become Addicted to Substances?
Not everyone who tries drugs, alcohol, or tobacco will become addicted to those substances.
While no one knows exactly what causes someone to become addicted to a substance, we know that there may be changes in the brain structure and function of someone using certain substances, which may contribute to an addiction.
The changes in brain structure and function cause people to have intense cravings for a particular substance and may also lead to changes in personality and behaviors. In fact, brain imaging studies have been conducted that show changes in the brain area related to decision making, judgment, memory, learning, and behavioral control.
When someone repeatedly uses or abuses a substance, they may change the way that their brain functions. These changes can be immediate (during the intoxication period), or the changes may occur at a later time.
Intoxication symptoms differ for each substance, so the specific effects vary depending on the substance being abused.
Tharros House and Sobriety
When a person decides to conquer their addiction and live a sober lifestyle, a sober living facility can be a helpful step in this process.
Living among others facing the same challenges as you can be beneficial in many ways. Contact us today at Tharros House to find out more about how we can help you continue with your sober lifestyle.